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November 03, 2011

Review Gadget : Nokia 700 Hardware The Symbian Belle

The Nokia 700 landed last week bringing with it a super-slim design and the simply amazing Symbian Belle operating system. We've been checking it out ever since and have found it a highly attractive and practical smartphone. Find out more with our Nokia 700 review.

The Nokia 700 is a mid-range smartphone that will appeal to anyone looking for an everyday device. We think it also makes a great upgrade for anyone currently rocking a Nokia 5800 or Nokia X6 and looking for the latest features while keeping roughly the same form factor – ie, screen size.

Check out the Nokia 700 unboxing review

The Nokia 700 is based around a 3.2-inch AMOLED display that comes with a 24-bit colour depth and uses Nokia ClearBlack technology, so you can use it in just about any lighting condition without having to shield the screen. The screen has a 360 x 640-pixel resolution and images look pin-sharp and bright.

On the front of the Nokia 700 you'll find a strip button that has three sensors, with two buttons for phone call functions and the middle one linked to the apps Menu. You can also press this button instead of the Screenlock button on the side to pull up the Unlock screen, which you then tap to access the device itself.

Weighing in at just 96g, what immediately stands out about the Nokia 700 is how slim and slight it is. Measuring just 110 x 50 x 9.7mm, it's currently the world's slimmest smartphone in this form factor and while a few people have commented to us that it's a little too small to be practical, we've found it a great size for everyday use.  

What makes this device so practical is the slimness of the body as it means you can slip it into your jeans pocket with ease. More importantly, it's easy to fish out too! We're less impressed with the buttons on the right-hand side, which are made up of Screenlock, Camera and Volume/Zoom buttons. The problem we have is that they're on the small side and also feel a little too flush with the body of the smartphone, so can be tricky to use.

On the top of the Nokia 700 you'll find 3.5mm audio jack, USB connector and the 2mm charger port and in terms of ports and connections that's your lot. You'll find the microSD slot, which supports cards up to 32GB of size with ease, under the metal backplate along with the SIM card slot.

At the heart of the Nokia 700 is a 1GHz processor that works with the Symbian Belle operating system to really make homescreens fly and apps load smoothly. If you've found yourself falling out of love with the Symbian OS of late, which is easily done with so many people playing up the opposition, then be prepared to be impressed with Symbian Belle, it's everything you ever really needed from the platform.

When it comes to storage you'll find the Nokia 700 has 2GB of mass storage memory, 1GB of ROM memory and 512MB of RAM memory.  

The Nokia 700 has a 5-megapixel camera with single LED Flash. This means you can take images up to 2592 x 1944 pixels in size without too much trouble. We've so far found it a decent camera for capturing quick snaps as the point-and-shoot functions and nice bright screen make it easy to use. With video being the latest must-have in most smartphones, you can record at a rate of 30fps with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which is high enough for most users.

Overall, the Nokia 700 is a great little smartphone that will appeal to anyone looking for a replacement for their Nokia 5800 or Nokia X6. We really like the finish and feel of this device and the turn of speed the processor and Symbian Belle offer makes it quick and easy to use. Nokia could well have a hit mid-range smartphone on its hands with the Nokia 700.

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